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August 2017 – Wrap Up | Read-A-Thon Progress & Updates

Hey everyone!

Well, August (and summer) are sadly over, along with my months of reading because school is starting up again.

Throughout this month, I was able to complete 10 books. I am THRILLED with this number because most of the books were thick, fantasy books.

If you guys rather watch me talk about these books, you can check out my YouTube video here:

Books I read:

In addition to a bunch of reading, I did a few read-a-thons this month. I started off with the 24-Hour Read-A-Thon on Saturday, August 5th. I did a full wrap-up of that here.

During the read-a-thon, I read three books and was able to start a 4th.

 

 

I completed Illuminae (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨), Revenants: The Odyssey Home (⭐️⭐️⭐️✨), and The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️).

gentleman's guideThe next book I completed was the one I was able to read a bit of during the read-a-thon, but was unable to complete: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️). I really enjoyed this one. I listened to the audiobook and thought the narration was great. I did find myself losing connection with the story towards the end though, which is why I knocked off a star. I do recommend this one though. I think it was well worth the hype, especially if you need a new OTP to ship.

 

A Beast's BelleAfter Gentleman’s Guide, I was in the mood for something short and quick, so I decided to pick up A Beast’s Belle (⭐️⭐️✨). This is not usually a genre I venture into, but I figured it would be fun to check out something different. I’m glad I did and I’m looking forward to how the story progresses in future books.

 

 

 

 

After not picking up anything for a while, I tried to challenge myself to another 24-Hour Read-A-Thon to kick off the 7in7 reading challenge. This one was FAR less successful. I didn’t finish any books, but I read part of The Lost Soul and part of The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead. I then finished the Girl Who Wasn’t Dead (⭐️⭐️(✨?)) and tried to finish The Lost Soul (⭐️⭐️) but ended up DNFing it just before the 200-page mark.

the last magicianI was almost in a reading slump, but I decided to pick up The Last Magician (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) instead and participate in the #BooksonBooksAThon over on Instagram. Although I read this book at a slower pace than I usually do, I still really enjoyed this one. One critique I do have is one my friend Jessica from TheLiteraryBirds (Go check her page out!) pointed out to me; there are a lot of grammatical errors in this book. I didn’t notice them at first (lots of late night reading), but once I was made aware of them….dang. I do have a full review for this one so you guys can check that out here.

Ready Player One

I FINALLY read this book and omg I loved it! I have a full review for this one going up soon, but this one was definitely worth the hype. Ready Player One (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) was a nerd’s dream and a love letter to fandom everywhere. Lovers of 80’s nostalgia will feel right at home when reading this one. I did knock off a star for the problematic areas, but overall I did really enjoy this one.

 

Every Heart A DoorwayThe last book I read this month is one I’ve been hearing about EVERYWHERE and was thrilled to finally get my hands on it. Every Heart A Doorway (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) was an easy book to give five stars to. I was amazed with how deep of a story was able to be developed in such a short book. I want more from this world and can’t wait to read more in this world.

 

 


Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up:

So as I mentioned before, I was participating in several read-a-thons this month.

The first read-a-thon was #ARCAugust. This goal for #ARCAugust was to knock out the ARC TBR and read all (or mostly) Advanced Reader Copies of books. EBooks and manuscripts sent by the authors count. It doesn’t matter if the book has come out or not, just that the edition you own is an ARC.

I think I did fairly well with this. Half the books I read were ARCs and the other half of the books were not. My initial TBR had way more ARCs on it, but with how my reading mood was, it just wasn’t going to happen. I’m going to try to get more ARCs read in September.

I also did two 24-Hour Read-A-Thons this month. The first one was a success, the second one was a failure. I’ve already attached the wrap-up for the first read-a-thon above. I didn’t have a wrap-up for the second one because my failure was due to me not finishing any books. I started three and mostly got through The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead. The full review is linked above.

I tried and failed to complete two other week long read-a-thons. I tried and failed to do the 7in7 (I think I finished two books) and a read-a-thon on Instagram. I finished one and a half books for that one.

Finally, I was doing a month long read-a-thon, the Read-A-Thin. For more info on this read-a-thon, you guys can check out my original post here.

Below are the challenges. The ones in bold are the ones that I completed with the associating book(s).

  1. Read a 2017 release: Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue, Last Magician, Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, Beast’s Belle, and The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead.
  2. Read a book that is the same color (or a similar color) as your birthstone: I’m a September baby and my birthstone is a sapphire. The Last Magician is blue in person. 
  3. Read a diverse book: I can go with Gentleman’s Guide again. Monty is bi and there are hints that his sister might by asexual (although it was never explicitly stated)
  4. Read a book with a title or author with the same first letter as the first letter in your first name (the words “a” and “the” don’t count): Revenants: The Odyssey Home (Rebecca).
  5. Read a book that is related to your favorite emoji: My favorite emoji is 😂. The Gentle Man’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was perfect for this one.
  6. Read a book starting with a letter from TBR (the word “the” doesn’t count): Revenants: The Odyssey Home.
  7. Read a book with a summer themed cover: Gentleman’s Guide kind of does….right? Yeah, that’s kind of a stretch. 😬
  8. Read a book with a warm colored cover (orange, red, yellow, brown): Illuminae or Revenants: The Odyssey Home.
  9. Start and finish a series: Nope 😦
  10. Read a book in 24 hours: I read Beast’s Belle in a day
  11. Read a new to you author: All of these authors are new to me authors.
  12. Book with water on the cover: There is water on the back of The Last Magician
  13. Read a book set in summer: Gentle Man’s Guide was for sure
  14. Buddy read a book: I technically buddy read The Last Magician with Jessica from The Literary Birds, check out her review here
  15. Read a book recommended to you by someone in the book community: Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Last Magician have both been recommended to me by BookTube and Bookstagram.
  16. Read a guilty pleasure read: Easily a Beast’s Belle. 
  17. Read an adult/new adult book: Revenants is an adult Historical Fiction book.
  18. Read a book outside of your favorite genre: Revenants or Beast’s Belle for this one. Everything else on my list is fantasy or sci-fi (aka my faves).

So as you can see, I was able to complete almost every challenge with the books I chose for this month. There were several overlaps, but it does count for the rules of this challenge. I honestly did not think I was going to be as successful with this read-a-thon because my initial TBR changed so much.


How was your reading for the month of August? Be sure to let me know down in the comments!

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